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Earlier this week, Lamar Hull, an ex-basketball player at Davidson reached out to me and requested the opportunity to do a guest post here at Aaron Torres Sports. Given that he was looking to cover a subject I wouldn't have considered (Brian Urlacher's retirement from the NFL) and given that I have a soft-spot for all ex-athletes, I took Lamar up on it.
Here is his take on the retirement and legacy of one the greatest linebackers to ever play the game.
Brian Urlacher, perennial Pro Bowl linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, announced his retirement from the sport he played in for 13 years. On his Twitter account, the 34 year-old linebacker told his fans, “After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire.”
Urlacher had become a free agent in the offseason. After finding little interest from potential suitors, he opted to retire as a member of the Chicago Bears. Urlacher played his entire career with the team. Urlacher told sports talk radio in Chicago he intends to file his official retirement papers with the league soon.
The linebacker played his college ball at the University of New Mexico, where he majored in criminology. He earned a reputation for speed and range playing the “Lobo” position in a 3-3-5 defense. The Lobo is a hybrid position, with elements of linebacker and safety. He was named an All-American safety in 1999. His speed and athleticism allowed Urlacher to also play wide receiver on offense. The college squad utilized Urlacher as a kick return specialist, too.
Over his career, Urlacher played in 182 games, including 180 starts, over the course of what most analysts believe is a Hall of Fame career. He finished his career with 1,779 tackles, 41 ½ sacks and 22 interceptions. The linebacker finishes his career as the Bears all-time leader in tackles. I will always remember watching some of his great performances on NFL Sunday Ticket, I doubt in the near future will anyone live up to Urlacher’s success at the linebacker position.